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Major boost to launch fashion range
A very visionary pair. They were extremely open to receiving advice and suggestions, and actively ensured they progressed and developed both the business and themselves. Glenn Watts, Enterprise Coach, Business Enterprise Support
Major London 05 is a new fashion brand which was launched by sisters Nav and Gurpeet Bains back in April 2016. The pair design, make and sell their own clothing range online and in pop-up shops in Birmingham and London.
The sisters, both with design degrees, had a great vision for their business, but lacked business acumen. With the help of Enterprise Coach Glenn Watts from Enterprise Support, they secured startup funding and support enabling them to start their business and sell their clothing, which now boats a celebrity following.
The biggest challenge faced by Nav and Gurpreet was their lack of knowledge and skills in finance, marketing, selling, and taxes. Glenn played a mentoring role and guided them through the creation of a business plan which enabled them to obtain a Virgin StartUp loan. They also attended some post-start networking and training events to further develop their business skills.
There’s no doubt that without the help of Start & Grow the business would have failed to meet its growth targets or stagnated. The mentoring help that the sisters have received gave their business idea the solid foundation it needed, and enabled them to make the most of opportunities that they had previously missed, while the finance they leveraged has been instrumental in getting the business off the ground.
Within less than a year, Major London 05 has a celebrity following with their designs having been worn by Little Mix, Misha B, and TOWIE’s Ferne McCann. With the stamp of approval that these celebrities have given the brand, the future looks promising as they take their fashion to a wider audience.
Nav and Gurpeet Bains are clients of BES on behalf of National Enterprise Network delivering business support in the West Midlands.
Under the Start & Grow programme the sisters have received in excess of 15 hours of support including some training and networking days. They leverage finance of £5,400 to get their business started and have created 2 jobs.